ANC battling to attract skilled staff

2011-09-21 09:39

Johannesburg - The ANC's national headquarters, Luthuli House, is battling to recruit skilled and senior employees because of the low salaries it offers, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, who is also the organisation's chief administration officer, said his office did not have "capacity".

"The salary structure of the ANC cannot compete against both the public and the private sector for the best talent in the market. When we fill vacancies, we have to contend with the third or fourth-best candidates," Mantashe said in a report to the national executive committee quoted by The Star.

He said they were battling to recruit a general manager, at deputy director general level, and a senior researcher with a PhD.

"We have been looking for a general manager in the head office for some time now. But the comrades who were head-hunted could not accept our offer."

  • Ian - 2011-09-21 09:53

    but the fatcats earn millions per annum, no worries there

      Shadoz - 2011-09-21 10:08

      I think they have low salaries but high corruption.

      letsee - 2011-09-21 10:30

      COSATU should have a look at those imperialists disguises as ANC working for the good of South Africa and COSATU should also look at how much money is outside South Africa.

      saabnut - 2011-09-21 10:34

      Nobs- why don't they dump the NYDA and ANCYL? That will give them billions more- literally!!!

      Shivaskar - 2011-09-21 10:45

      They just want to create the impression that their salaries are their only source of income and so maybe,.......... wait, definitely with a corrupt president like Zuma, they can squeeze out every increase imaginable. We all know the other source. When SA becomes like Zim, it'll be called ZUMBABWE - because Zuma was its creator.

      McDaNife - 2011-09-21 10:55

      Comrades! well I am one only if you show me how corruption works, need to fill my coffers

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-21 11:02

      They should let those interested know it's commission work - That's where the benefits are

      BOFFINBOB_RETURNS - 2011-09-21 11:03

      Comrade General Manager.....LOL. Join the ANC....Fight for the revelooting !

      DoublySalmon - 2011-09-21 11:25

      This is absolutely true, Luthuli House is filled with unskilled idiots.

      allan.clean - 2011-09-21 11:56

      Like I posted in another about this Mantashe gay. He has one brain cell and keeps sprouting out the most doff statements. Thick this one is, and greedy also. They cant fill the post?? Trying to say they dont earn enough money!! yeah right

      Rolie - 2011-09-21 12:00


      kieron - 2011-09-21 13:03

      It is a little optimistic to think that you can find SKILLED workers for an organisation with a completely UNSKILLED support base!

      Krush - 2011-09-21 13:20

      ..because you refuse to employ the people who have the skills. The whites.

      Shaman Pete - 2011-09-22 00:55

      Why won't a skilled person want to work for the ANC? It's not the money ... it's because they'll have to work for a bunch of self-righteous half-wits. No amount of money would replace the bits of their soul that will die little by little, day by day, knowing that they're probably more qualified than anyone else in that sorry cabal.

      John - 2011-12-21 00:49

      Blue Light Brigade Strikes Again! Friday, 09 of December, cars on the highway from Durban gave way to a political convoy with blue lights. Remembering 1 man killed by the Blue Light Brigade in Durban, and another in Jo'burg, I protested those murders and raised my finger as they drove past. They proceeded to block me and lunge their cars at me, as I swerved, slowed and pulled away. I held strong and steadfast in my protest! My family, however, were badly shaken. It is time that the ANC realizes that they are not above criticism and rejection, and also NOT ABOVE THE LAW! I expected them to zap me back, or even lay misdemeanor charges against me. But the public harassment and bullying shows that these mentals are in a mindset of their own. They need to be transferred to Antarctica!

  • Ken - 2011-09-21 10:04

    After the gravy train has grabbed all it can get, obviously there is nothing left for the "wukkers"

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-09-21 11:22

      @kolobe - WRONG, fail in that statement. I have 3 degrees and 22 years experience in a specialised field. I was retrenched when the resession hit and have been to numerous interviews and have lost out to less experienced people asking more money due to the BEE devil. The strange things is that on 2 occasions I was called 2 months later by the organizations to come help fix "ISSUES" experienced......The black people that are educated and does not take this begging bowl attitude as I'm sure you do Kolobe, earn seriously good money, but they need to WORK for it and continue producing the required results. You statement is baseless.

      kolobe - 2011-09-21 12:29

      Koos Poggenpoel you are the only qualified white i have heard of that cant find a job, seriously. check the stats, BEE has changed nothing

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-21 12:36

      ANC your shortcomings on the skills, are laid bare by the media on a daily basis.....time to allow all race groups to compete on equal footing! Scrap affirmative action.....oh wait, then you would all be out of a job.

      kieron - 2011-09-21 13:13

      @KOLOBE again you have failed in your statement (un suprisingly). i know countless qualified white people who cannot find work. don't take this as a racist attack (as i know you will) but rather directed at YOU as a person. YOU are a chop!

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-21 15:50

      @ Kolobe - your comment sounds reminiscent of Thabo's claim to "not know anyone who died of AIDS"! Ditto Peter Mokaba ... Not a bright statement!!!

  • callan - 2011-09-21 10:09

    Solution - put the positions out to tender, guaranteed to attract plenty of interest!!

      Ingie - 2011-09-21 10:56

      But then Malema may get his mates to apply big brins, no energy can only sing Shoet the Boer songs Eish!!

      DW - 2011-09-21 11:25

      The main reason that they cannot attract skilled staff is that there is such a shortage of skilled staff. The law of supply and demand dictates the market. If you only have 1000 skilled people and the market needs 2000, those 1000 will be able to demand much, much higher salaries as everyone so desperately needs them. Fill the skills gap, and the market will adjust salaries automatically. Economics 101. I guess they didnt take this into account when they demanded BEE and AA to be applied and chased away all the skilled workers in the country

  • Tolerant - 2011-09-21 10:11

    The YL also need an Economist, as they know nothing of the economy.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-21 10:24

      .....the ANCYL also needs a "competent" leader.... who passed woodwork....

  • Martin - 2011-09-21 10:17

    Can I apply?

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-21 10:26

      ..NOT, ...if your are "white"..... .....only AA/BEE blacks...

      Martin - 2011-09-21 10:29

      I'm not white.

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-21 10:44

      @Martin - but are you black enough?

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-21 10:57

      @Martin I applied and got through to the interview stage. Then they found out that my real name is Michael Hunt and they seemed to loose interest... I wonder way? :P

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-21 12:38

      They said the same thing to a candidate named Willy Stroker, so don't feel bad.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-21 13:45

      Gee but I feel so much better now @Gazza69 - but they said they were impressed with my struggle ethics as portrayed in my news24 comments... sniff sniff!

      MnrFotograaf - 2011-09-22 07:15

      If you are ideologically challenged and really evil, why not?

  • Davearch - 2011-09-21 10:18

    Do you hire whites ?

      Martin - 2011-09-21 10:20

      I think the both of us should apply. If Jamface can buy a R19 000 000 house with a R20 000 salary, then maybe the base pay is low, but the benefits are awesome. Just imagine, even if we only earn R5000, that would somehow be enough to at least buy a small R4 000 000 holding.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-21 10:27, ...only AA/BEE blacks...

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-21 12:40

      Whites are only hired when they need defence attorneys......

      coret - 2011-09-21 17:37

      BEE created this monster... senior skilled BLACK employees are so in demand they get inflated salaries in the public/private sector in order for the public/private companies to comply with BEE.

  • Hubbles - 2011-09-21 10:18

    Ask JUJU to subsidise. He can collect all his corrupt mates and they can donate to the liberation cause.

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-21 10:19

    The Affirmative Action policy at work.

  • HiJack - 2011-09-21 10:20

    Sho.... clever angle to ensure everyone working there already can get a fat increase and no-one will complain. Those postions that are vacant, what's the bet there are a hundred whites that would more than quality for those positions, but the ANC will never employ them. Lets rather refresh a redistributed "comrade" and give him the job (that he can't do anyway).

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-21 10:20

    The ANC could pay me 2 million a month and I'd still decline. Who in their right mind would want to work for a crime syndicate?

      Martin - 2011-09-21 10:22

      Perhaps you could use that R2 000 000 a month to do some good in the world.

      proudandpink - 2011-09-21 11:10

      @Martin - I do enough good with the salary I earn by working for myself. Could never lower my values by working for the ANC, even on a freelance basis.

  • Playnice - 2011-09-21 10:22

    Maybe skilled staff dont want to work for incompetent, uneducated bosses

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 12:42 often can you turn a blind eye to the corrupt & ignorant practices & statements.

  • FartaWorks - 2011-09-21 10:22

    Hehe, this just goes to show: They don't want jobs they want MONEY...

      saabnut - 2011-09-21 12:49

      @ Nkulekweni: you and your ilk- NIT!

      FartaWorks - 2011-09-21 13:20

      Touché aren’t we? Now, get back to the kitchen and do the dishes

  • AJ2 - 2011-09-21 10:23

    Same problem at national leadership level too.

  • Bennie - 2011-09-21 10:24

    Fools and their money are soon parted.!!

  • nic - 2011-09-21 10:25

    LOL Because no sane, competent person will go work there?

  • Abby - 2011-09-21 10:25

    They must just tell them about the nice benefits they have!! They can enrich themselves by stealing tax payers money and they can stay in 5 star hotels and they and their family can all fly business clas!!

  • Martin - 2011-09-21 10:25

    But, yes, this certainly is preparation to explain why they just appointed Sipho Mathala, who was the second nephew twice removed of a man who once sang "shoot the boer" and has been unemployed, and cannot read...for R1 000 000 per month. He is a "wukka" is his right.

      HiJack - 2011-09-21 11:02

      I believe the word you are looking for is "wêka"...

  • Samora - 2011-09-21 10:26

    who wants to work in a sinking ship?

      Tolerant - 2011-09-21 10:38

      The new NHI plans will buy a few more votes from the poor, hopefully not enough for a 2/3 majority.

  • Yuck - 2011-09-21 10:26

    I wonder if the staff that are currently employed there will be happy to read that they are the third or fourth best candidates....or the cheapest. ha ha

      Pickle - 2011-09-21 13:42

      LOL that's if they are even smart enough to understand what is said... HUR IMA DUR

  • juan - 2011-09-21 10:26

    This shouldn't be a problem. Just keep to the same requirements you used when you selected the YL leader.

  • george60 - 2011-09-21 10:27

    ANC why don't you re-employ Whites, at least the job will be done professional and no corruption, as long as you don't pay peanuts?

      Illuminated - 2011-09-21 13:28

      pretty much.. yea

  • mickh - 2011-09-21 10:29

    Offer the General Manager to a whitey who cant't get a job in the public or private sector beacause of AA. You could get spmeone highlyqualified who would be only too grateful for a job.

      Illuminated - 2011-09-21 13:33

      Nkulekweni the problem is we're so used to seeing stupid blacks put in positions they cant handle with high salaries purely because their skin colour is brown, that how can you blame us for thinking this way... you need a handout to protect yourself from less that 10% of the population. how pathetic are you? seriously... and now all we see on the news is your corrupt leaders, either stealing, lying or singing racist songs while destroying half the city... please don expect us to respect you when you dont have respect for yourself. even your insecurity shines through everyone of your comments.. its sad really

  • wv - 2011-09-21 10:29

    They don't need al lot of skill to manage that dump.

      Iza - 2011-09-21 12:19

      And thats the wrong way of thinking. perhaps if they had the best candidates, thinks might not be a dump...ever thought of that?

  • letsee - 2011-09-21 10:30

    COSATU should have a look at those imperialists disguises as ANC working for the good of South Africa and COSATU should also look at how much money is outside South Africa.

      Martin - 2011-09-21 10:36

      Yes, it is not right that the imperialists in Europe and America are making more money than us. They did not fight in the struggle. I think we should mobilize a task force to overthrow the government of the United States and Europe and take back what those thieving agents stole from us. Viva.

  • justme - 2011-09-21 10:30

    about time they admitted that their staff are unskilled

      allie - 2011-09-21 11:25

      But is`nt standard four good enough?Why Phd?He only needs to add not even subtract.

  • Davearch - 2011-09-21 10:31

    Ha Ha .. the ANC are exploiting werkers again . .where is COSATU, STRIKE I SAY !!!

      Louis III - 2011-09-21 10:41

      COSATU are busy singing "shoot the boer"

  • Coconut - 2011-09-21 10:37

    Maybe these racists should become compliant and employ some whitey's that can actually do the job that is required. They are obviously over staffed due to the fact there are no intelligent staff within the ranks of employees.

  • John - 2011-09-21 10:38

    only the starting wage is low , if you are a committed employee and can sing and dance at rallies you move up on to tender lists and once there you write your own pay check.

  • ma van twee - 2011-09-21 10:39

    At least he confirmed that the people working there is not the best - third or fourth rated.

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-21 10:41

    Just add access to tax money as a perc you will get millions of applications !!

  • crocoros - 2011-09-21 10:41

    I'm not surprised after the 5% increase for Zuma which brings his salary to 2.4 million p.a, which by the way excludes his perks for him and his 3..4...5.... 6.... wives and their children. Why should new recruits settle for anything less and also the billions that get squandered due to corruption and theft.

  • Playnice - 2011-09-21 10:41

    or maybe the recruitment agency misinterpreted the ANC definition of "skill" which is "stealing, woodworker, grade 5, lier, tender rigger, etc etc."

  • Dal68 - 2011-09-21 10:42

    Hahahahaha, they are the funniest lot of worthless idiots ever!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-21 10:46

    Perhaps it's time to look at employing so previously skilled people - even if they are from the old era? Just a thought ...

  • Verdade - 2011-09-21 10:46

    Gee come idiot Malema is enjoying such a lavish life style? You sure low salaries??? Must be the tenders then? Perhaps skilled people don't want to work for a bunch of bandits?

  • MetEishYa - 2011-09-21 10:46

    Its clear to see why, all the people with skills, are employed by companies for BIG BUCKS to make their BEE numbers

  • SilentGenius - 2011-09-21 10:47

    Seems like BEE is catching up to them as well...welcome to reality!

      Nkulekweni - 2011-09-21 11:34

      So inappropriately named Silent Genius. Your name would have worked well if it were noisy fool.... as in empty vessel...

      FartaWorks - 2011-09-21 13:27

      @Nkulekweni - Hau!! You still haven't done the dishes...

  • Waheed - 2011-09-21 10:48

    Settle for the 3rd or 4th best candidate? Well that explains Juju and Zuma, amongst others!

  • loveratskzn - 2011-09-21 10:49

    What hogwash. It fails to attract because there aint any skilled people to employ. The ones that are skilled dont fit the color criterea. And the ones that do fit the color criterea are foreigners or are born locally but have emigrated to more productive countries.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-09-21 11:35

      Of course you are so right loverat....given that it is only white people who have skills and any modicum of intellect.

      Illuminated - 2011-09-21 13:36

      all i see is sarcasm from you Nkulekweni, nothing to back up your argument.. even the dumb, unskilled whites who worked as public servants in the old days actually had morals and values to not steal and be corrupt.. cant say that for your people as you didnt grow up with parents who tought u values and morals.. only to hate the whte man.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-21 10:52


      MoaningMan - 2011-09-21 10:55

      How many whites would want to work for the ANC?

      Ingie - 2011-09-21 10:59

      Ja, but we are white thats the problem. can you imagine working there. Would be a shambles. We would know their work without training, BUT we would have to fix all the they have made that is the problem

      allie - 2011-09-21 11:27


  • Ingie - 2011-09-21 10:53

    Ag Shame!!! Well maybe if they stopped stealing the money they could offer higher salaries. Maybe they are finding it difficulty to find a CV/person that has not been fired for previously for stealing.!!!

  • MoaningMan - 2011-09-21 10:54

    Mantashe must be credited with being honest

  • sarecen - 2011-09-21 10:55

    The anc party is better than any soapie on tv, ample amount of clowns, crooks, bombers, rapists, terrorist/stone throwers. You just cant beat them for entertainment

      Ingie - 2011-09-21 10:57

      Well maybe if we cant beat them join them hey..toy toying, time off work, taking money when we need it, never jailed, no court cases etc etc

  • crocoros - 2011-09-21 10:58

    Mr Matashe how come you in the position you are in, surely they could have found someone more qualified than you and yet you earn quite a wonderful salary. I say get rid of the grade 4's and grade 5's that earn hundreds and thousands and get the people with the proper qualifications and pay them what they worth. Please don't hire the third and fourth best and then it takes donkeys years to correct the crap they caught on. The best man for the job whether he is black, white, maroon, green or navy blue.

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-21 10:59

    the white person taking a job a Loadfreely house will eventually HOLD THE BAG. And get blamed for all what was/is wrong, while the current maffiosi get off scott free and laughing all the way to their foreign banks. you must be really down/stupid to take a job there.

  • Staalbal - 2011-09-21 11:01

    Since when has skills got anything to do with it? The ANC can follow their own policies and appoint a few comrades in the vacant positions.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-21 11:01

    Is this their way of trying to find those 5Mill jobs Zuma was trying to find.

  • blackyswart - 2011-09-21 11:02

    The fool does not know that there are only white skilled staff in the country and most of them are now leaving the run down country.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-09-21 11:38 has to feel pity for you blackyswartmnyamanemantsu

  • Barbara - 2011-09-21 11:02

    Scrap employment equity and you might find decent, loyal, hardworking and honourable employees!

  • The Monk - 2011-09-21 11:02

    Ah. Anynody can see that you guys do not have skilled staff.